There are many reasons for you to change the Operating System installed on your computer. It could be that you want to downgrade or upgrade to the latest operating system. Maybe the operating system installed is no longer working and you need to reinstall a fresh copy, and then you suddenly decided to change into a newer one. Or maybe you plan to change from one product to another, i.e. Windows to Linux. Whatever the case, changing the operating system is a pretty straightforward process. Here are the steps on how to go about changing the operating system installed on your computer.
- Back up and save all the data you have on your computer. If you have a partitioned hard drive, you can just transfer the data from one drive to another. If in case your hard drive is not partitioned, you can always burn the data. Make sure you have backed up everything before proceeding with the installation process of the new operating system for you do not want unnecessary loss of data.
- Take into consideration the hardware resources you currently have. Make sure that the Operating System can work smoothly when installed on your computer. As a sample, newer Operating Systems would require higher RAM than its predecessors. If you have old peripherals like printers, you have to make sure that the new operating system can support the drivers for these devices. If you are upgrading to Windows 7, you can make use of the “Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor”. This software is able to inspect your system and see if it is capable of supporting Windows 7.
- Obtain an installer of the Operating System. Buy a genuine licensed copy of Windows, if you want to get a Microsoft operating system. If you plan to use Linux, you can download a copy of the installer from http://www.linux.org and burn a copy of it on a CD or DVD.
- Launch BIOS and modify its boot settings. Load your BIOS and set it to boot from CD/DVD-ROM. Save the new settings for the boot up and restart your system.
- Insert the installer disk on the CD/DVD-ROM. While you are inside BIOS, you can insert the CD inside the ROM drive so that when your computer boots up, it will automatically read the installer disk.
- Let the installer disk boot. Allow the system to read the installer disk and proceed with the installation. You may want to partition your hard drive to separate the operating system files from your data. Reformat the hard drive as you go along the installation process. Input all the data required to finish the installation.
Once finished with the installation of the operating system, do not forget to install the drivers for the chipset and expansion cards so that your system will run smoothly. After which, install all other software you require, like a word processing application or photo editor.